Newcastle United legend Alan Shearer believes winning the Golden Boot at Euro 96 “changed his life” – and hopes Harry Kane can emulate his own success by topping the goalscoring charts at the World Cup. By the time Shearer represented England at the European Championships on home soil during the summer of 1996, he had already scored 112 Premier League goals in just 138 games for Blackburn Rovers – and had won the 1994/95 title, too. Yet the 47-year-old, who is covering the World Cup as part of the BBC’s team out in Russia, insists he did not gain global recognition – and full confidence in his own ability – until he scored five goals and claimed the Golden Boot at Euro 96. By the end of that summer, Shearer had completed a then-world-record £15million transfer from Blackburn to boyhood club Newcastle, and was arguably the best out-and-out striker in the world. Current England captain Kane has scored at a major tournament for the first time this summer, and he has visibly grown in confidence since. Having netted a brace during England’s 2-1 victory over Tunisia in their opening game, Kane then scored a hat-trick in the 6-1 win against… Read full this story
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